Promotional portrait of British heavy metal group, Iron Maiden, 1981: (L-R) Steve Harris, Clive Burr, Paul Di'Anno, Adrian Smith, and Dave Murray. (Photo by Robert Ellis/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di’Anno talked in a recent interview with The Metal Voice and revealed an interesting story of how he was almost lynched by the audience.

Paul stated that one time he refused to play Iron Maiden songs at a live show, but the audience has reacted to that decision in a really brutal way.

The interviewer asked what he thinks about playing Iron Maiden songs during his solo shows, and Paul responded:

“I have been playing these songs for a long time and you have to find different ways to make them interesting for yourself.

So I play the songs a little more – punkier and heavier, which keeps the amusement up a bit. You have to find different ways of doing it. Just like Ozzy has to play a bit of Black Sabbath, playing a few songs from the band he came from so do I.

I did make a mistake many years ago in America with Battlezone, we didn’t play any Maiden songs and the crowds were ready to lynch us.

But I am very proud of my heritage with Iron Maiden I want to play some of the songs. I’m thinking next time I tour, I should be playing a lot of songs off of my repertoire of music but also if we have to do a couple of Maiden songs I would like to do something different and play the songs people have not heard in a long time.”

You can listen to the entire interview below. Click here for the source of the statement.